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Youth and Politics: Rocking new media

Causes and movements found a new friend in Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms. During the elections, new media tools were used to discuss candidates and platforms. Campus mock elections were held online. Parties and candidates felt the need to engage the youth online audience and launched online campaigns. The strike movement against budget cuts was broadcasted and coordinated online, using #PHstudentstrike and #education4all. Netizens called for #betterinternet, in collective outrage against poor internet service and telco greed.

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Photos by Victor Villanueva and Kabataan Partylist

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BlogWatch receives the “Best Story” Award for the First Data Journalism PH 2015 from the Open Knowledge Foundation and Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism  for their story on “Aid Monitoring: Citizens’ Initial Efforts in the Wake of Typhoon Yolanda” . Forbes Philippines also received the same award.

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